Until Friday, Cooperstown has never sent a male swimmer to the state meet.
On Friday, the Hawkeyes will have four swimmers that will have achieved that honor.
Senior Ian Robinson, juniors Sean Mebust and Michael Kern and freshman Ted Mebust have had a CCS pool party this season, and the final celebration takes place on Friday in Ithaca.
“We’re not betting on ourselves to win states,” Sean said. “We’re enjoying the accomplishment.”
The four, the core of the team that won the Section Three Class C title and the Frontier League C title, will compete in the 200 freestyle relay. Sean and Robinson will also compete in individual freestyle events.
To get the relay team to states, the foursome had to drop about three seconds from their midseason time.
“I didn’t think we were going to get it,” Sean said, “but we knew if we did, it would be an end-of-the-year thing.”
Robinson said he didn’t have any doubts.
“I’m not surprised, because I know these guys,” he said. “These are my boys.”
Robinson and Sean have had a friendly rivalry this season as they have taken turns breaking the school record in freestyle events, but the bond between the swimmers seems strong.
“We’ve all been swimming together for so long,” Kern said. “We swim together in club season and in school. We’ve gotten to know each other.”
“We swim as one,” said Robinson.
Success on Friday will lead to the finals on Saturday. For the first time all year, the Cooperstown swimmers won’t be favored in anything. Robinson is ranked No. 20 in the 50 free; Sean is ranked No. 25 in the 50 and 22 in the 100. Cooperstown is ranked 29 of 33 relay teams.
“There will pretty much be an All-American in every race,” Kern said.
Still, they will leave as they enter, walking tall and knowing they have accomplished a school first.
“I’m just excited that we get to put up a banner,” Ted said.
“It is really cool to be the first,” Kern said. “I am really excited for this opportunity.”